My PhD research is investigating the use of stable isotope analysis for quantifying the progression of island ecosystem recovery following invasive mammal eradications.
What my project involves
I am undertaking a large-scale natural experiment on islands from around New Zealand, Australia and the sub-Antarctic, comparing food webs and isotopic enrichment on islands at different stages post eradication to still invaded and never invaded islands. I am investigating the potential of this technique as a cost- and time-efficient ecosystem assessment tool, allowing post-eradication monitoring to occur on island where limited resources prevent extensive population level monitoring.
Fun trivia about my research
Research project in a haiku
Oceanic foragers breeding on islands
Seabirds and predators don’t live together well
Eradications lead to more guano
Conservation, remote ecosystems, seabirds, hiking, skiing, running.
I also did my honours with MPred in 2014, but in the intervening years I spent time travelling and working on several different research and conservation projects.
Previous work I've done
At the end of 2014 I worked as a research scientist with the Australian Antarctic Division looking at the effects of ocean acidification on marine microbial communities at Davis Station. I then spent a year travelling around South America and volunteered as a research assistant looking into fisheries by-catch in Lima, Peru, benthic invertebrate taxonomy in Chilean Patagonia, and hooded-grebe conservation in Argentinean Patagonia. From 2016-2018 I spent 18-months working on Macquarie Island, first as a research assistant on the albatross and petrel monitoring project, and then as the island’s wildlife ranger. Since then I have worked as a guide on cruise ships in the Kimberley and the sub-Antarctic and assisted with seabird monitoring projects on various Australian and New Zealand islands before returning starting my PhD in 2019.
Committees and affiliations
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